HU’s ABLE program receives $35,000 grant



Lynne Gilmore, center, chief program officer of the AWS Foundation, presents Sherilyn Emberton, president of Huntington University, a grant for HU’s ABLEProgram. Able students, from left, Kerrigan Seidel, Ian Bostel, Zachery Arivett and John Schoenefeld and ABLE Program Coordinator Erica Marshal attended the presentation.


Huntington University’s Achieving Balance in Life through Education Program has been awarded a $35,000 grant by the AWS Foundation.

“The grant that has been awarded will support the program as it continues to build opportunities for students with cognitive disabilities on both the Huntington University campus and in their home communities,” Joni Schmalzried, director of the ABLE program, said in a statement. “We have been amazed at the academic, social and spiritual growth that students attending the program have achieved. The generous support will allow us to deepen our commitment to our students.”

The program is designed to support individuals ages 18-24 with cognitive disabilities in having a college campus experience. Students, both independently and with support from peers, attend or audit classes, work on campus, take supportive classes in understanding finances, social skill needs and independent living, and participate in extracurricular activities. The program not only supports the students with disabilities, but provides an opportunity for all typical students, faculty and staff to more fully understand the potential of individuals with disabilities.

To learn more about the program, visit